posted on October 07, 2018 09:33
The Boys & Girls Club of Yankton unit serves over 274 youth every day and over 1500 youth a year. In 2016, a new Club site was built and that facility expanded the ability to go from serving youth in grades 6-12 to 1-12. Average daily attendance has grown from 15 youth per day to 274 youth a day which has demonstrated a need for afterschool development that wasn’t being filled in the community. The Community Impact Grant funds that we receive from United Way enable us to provide critical and impact driven programs such as Academic Success, Triple Play, Power up and even our juvenile diversion program called Teen Court. Teen Court works in collaboration with the States Attorney’s office, local schools, and Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services, to offer youth the opportunity to accept full responsibility for their behaviors and work toward clearing their juvenile record. Aside from programming, these funds also help us serve almost 70,000 snacks and meals per year. 1 in 6 youth risk going hungry in South Dakota and at the Boys & Girls Club of Yankton, we are playing a key role in ensuring that our members are not a part of those statistics. During the school year all youth receive a healthy snack when they arrive at the Club and each evening around 50 youth stay for a healthy supper where they sit family style at a table and enjoy the food and interacting with other members. For many of our youth sitting down as a family, eating and chatting is an experience they have either not had or have on rare occasions! Through the years, United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton has been instrumental in making a significant difference in the Yankton community. We are very grateful to have them as a strong partner in fulfilling our mission to inspire and enable all young people, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.